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Bustle Lands $15.5 Million From General Catalyst

techcrunch.com — Bustle, the lady-centric news site led by Bryan Goldberg (because he knows women) has raised $15.5 million led by General Catalyst. Time Warner Investments, Rothenberg Ventures, 500 Startups and The Social+Capital Fund also participated in the round.

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

techcrunch.com — It's been different for everyone," she said. She was upbeat, optimistic, even after finding out her bank account information had been traded on a black market websites. She was worried about her identity had also leaked. She imagined her private information on some forum somewhere and shuddered.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @edbott: "She works for Sony Pictures.... 'We are stuck in 1992 over here,' she said." techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

"She works for Sony Pictures.... 'We are stuck in 1992 over here,' she said." techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago” techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/son…

Dec 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago” tcrn.ch/1sHORFS

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Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

techcrunch.com — Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you "achieve your dreams," is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users this week.
Dec 18, 2014

Oh the irony. "@sarahintampa: Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down: ift.tt/1z1fiD8"

Dec 18, 2014

Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down: ift.tt/1z1fiD8

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

techcrunch.com — Recently a Microsoft employee published a blog post on the company's Office blog. The missive, under the name of Tim Carroll, a "senior product manager on the Office 365 team," is perhaps the worst and best corporate blog post of all time.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mathewi: Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR Made better by @alex’s awesome commentary.

Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time tcrn.ch/1zvkVNR via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

This might be the first sign ever, that anyone at Microsoft has a sense of humor. And then of course, it was... fb.me/76ZHPToKo

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Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness

techcrunch.com — Expect Labs Raises $13M To Give Apps Better Voice Controls Last night in San Francisco, 6436 of our neighbors slept on the streets or in shelters. The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society.

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

Dec 18, 2014

SecrYak is an anonymous, text-based sharing app where you can see gossip from nearby, leave comments, and earn points techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/the…

Dec 18, 2014

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak tcrn.ch/1wIGRDZ The Anonymous App Singularity

This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

techcrunch.com — Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that'll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It's a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history.
Dec 18, 2014

Gonna add this stocking stuffer to my "Gift Guide For Spies Or Evil People" techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/thi… via @Grg

Uber Driver Charged With Rape In Boston

techcrunch.com — An Uber driver in Boston has been charged with rape, according to Bloomberg. He allegedly took a female passenger to a secluded area on the evening of December 6 and raped her. Police Commissioner Robert Haas and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan have identified the suspect as Alejandro Done, 46, through Uber records.

Redfin Raises $70.9M To Expand Into New Markets

techcrunch.com — Online real estate brokerage Redfin today announced that it has raised an additional $70.9 million in an effort to expand into new markets. The round was led by two large institutional investors, Wellington Management and Glynn Capital Management, with participation by Priceline chairman Jeffery Boyd's Brothers Brook and Redfin board director Bob Mylod's Annox Capital, as well as Tiger Global Management and a number of funds managed by T.

Mobile Analytics Company Mixpanel Raises $65M Round With An $865M Valuation

techcrunch.com — Mixpanel, which describes itself as offering "the most advanced analytics platform ever," is announcing that it has raised $65 million in new funding. That round comes entire from all from previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder/CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it values Mixpanel at $865 million (the valuation includes the new cash).
Dec 18, 2014

@fmanjoo @a16z "The company says it can help customers answer detailed questions about user behavior" techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/mix…

Dec 18, 2014

Not included in the post: @suhail denied that he was conducting our interview from inside a bathtub full of cash techcrunch.com/2014/12/18/mix…

Jim Breyer: Extra $500 Million Round For Facebook A "Total Fiction"

techcrunch.com — When Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the company, a rumor quickly spread, which we noted, that some hedge funds were about to put in another $500 million.
Dec 18, 2014

All of which is to say: Remember when Facebook raising $500 mm was a big deal? Remember something called OpenSocial? techcrunch.com/2007/11/02/jim…

Messaging Firm Line Buys Microsoft’s MixRadio To Take Its Focus On Music Global

techcrunch.com — Last month we reported that Microsoft was considering spinning out MixRadio, but it turns out the music service's future is with someone else: Japan-based messaging firm Line which just announced an undisclosed deal to buy it. Line, which has 500 registered users of which 170 million are active each month, announced a music streaming business in Japan last week.
Dec 18, 2014

Selling to Line is an interesting deal for MixRadio, wonder if we’ll see more like this in 2015? tcrn.ch/1GV69jv

Dec 18, 2014

Line just bought MixRadio from Microsoft — so it looks like this will be the Line Music service outside of Japan tcrn.ch/1GV69jv

BTXDeals Is An Online Marketplace For Making It Rain Bitcoin

techcrunch.com — Got some Bitcoin burning a hole in your virtual wallet? There's an online marketplace for that... U.K.-based BTXDeals.com has just launched an e-tail website where sellers are offering goods and services to buy with Bitcoin. The Bitcoin marketplace is the work of U.K.

Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone

techcrunch.com — A new mobile application called Dull wants to fill your moments of downtime by offering a feed of random content to mindlessly browse through, including photos, music, GIFs, news and information, products, and more. The end result is an app that lets you stare mindlessly at your phone, when there's nothing else to do - or when you've grown tired of scrolling through Instagram, perhaps.
Dec 18, 2014

Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone: ift.tt/1zA5z9y

Estonia’s Taxify, An Anti-Uber Taxi App, Raises €1.4M For Further European Expansion

techcrunch.com — Estonian startup Taxify is one of a number taxi apps aiming to help tradition taxi firms and drivers fight back against behemoth Uber and its ilk. It does this by providing an iOS, Android and mobile web app that lets you 'hail' a cab online, bringing the same convenience of Uber et.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Berlaymonster: Shouldn't it be called Unter? MT @IlvesToomas: Estonia’s Taxify, An Anti-Uber Taxi App, Raises €1.4M tcrn.ch/13fTk65 via @techcrunch

Hampton Creek Plans For World Food Tech Domination With $90 Million In Series C Funding

techcrunch.com — Hampton Creek is on the fast track to eggless world domination. What started out as a little startup with $500,000 in seed from Khosla Ventures and a plan to swap out eggs for pea protein is now selling product in grocery stores, colleges, universities, and restaurants all over the country.
Dec 18, 2014

Hampton Creek Plans For World Food Tech Domination With $90 Million In Series C Funding tcrn.ch/1wPgJWP via @techcrunch

First Round Might Break The Silicon Valley Internets With Annual Holiday Video

techcrunch.com — It's time to gather all your startup family and watch the epic annual First Round Capital holiday parody video once again. In this 7th annual creation, we find partners twirling around in ballet attire and telling us, "we're taking off, taking off," Taylor Swift-like.
Dec 18, 2014

First Round Might Break The Silicon Valley Internets With Annual Holiday Video tcrn.ch/1AuRqKq via @techcrunch @firstround

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Email Hacks: “Our Work Has Been Violated And Exposed”

techcrunch.com — Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel released a powerful statement today on privacy, a day after the latest batch of emails released in the massive Sony Pictures hack exposed the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
Dec 18, 2014

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Email Hacks: “Our Work Has Been Violated And Exposed” tcrn.ch/1uU2BYa via @techcrunch

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Trushar: Hadn't picked up on this before, the Sony hack exposed the company secrets of Snapchat too: techcrunch.com/2014/12/17/sna…

Dec 17, 2014

Also @loyalelectron is back! Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel On Email Hacks tcrn.ch/1uU2BYa via @techcrunch

Dec 17, 2014

Lest we forget, @evanspiegel's devastating secret was lying to a BoD member about negotiating a $40m secondary sale tcrn.ch/1uU2BYa

Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service

techcrunch.com — Skytap is a service that aims to help dev and test teams in the enterprise work more efficiently (and test their code more often). The company today announced that it has raised a $35 million funding round led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from all of the company's previous investors, including OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Washington Research Foundation.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service tcrn.ch/1sJfvOK by @fredericl